Diocese to celebrate World Day of Marriage, Feb. 11
Bishop Robert Baker will celebrate the World Day of Marriage on Sunday, Feb. 11, during the 11 a.m. Mass, at the Cathedral of St. Paul. We are looking for couples who have been married for 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, or more than 50 years, who would like to participate in a short ceremony during that Mass and receive recognition from Bishop Baker and a certificate honoring their anniversary.
If you would like to be a part of this ceremony, please call John Martignoni at the Office of the New Evangelization (205-776-7163) to register.
Only the first 10 couples who call will be able to receive recognition at the Mass.
Stand Tall Retreat to be held
Feb. 9-11 at St. Bernard Abbey
Jerry Usher and Debbie Georgianni, co-hosts of Take 2 with Jerry and Debbie on EWTN Radio, personally invite you to attend the first Stand Tall Retreat at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Feb. 9-11. The weekend will include a special trip to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville to visit Mother Angelica’s final resting place and experience a unique healing service.
God wants us to stand tall knowing we are beloved sons and daughters of the most high, but life experiences, wounds and guilt or shame can weigh us down and make it difficult for us to appreciate and accept the reality of who we are in the Father’s eyes. During this life-changing retreat, participants will take another look at life (TALL), inspire and encourage one another and come away better able to Stand Tall in the knowledge of God’s immense love and our tremendous self-worth.
This retreat is open to all adults and space is limited. Registration will close on Jan. 31. For more information, to view the retreat agenda, or to register visit www.jerryanddebbie.com.
Centering Prayer Workshop
Jan. 27 at Prince of Peace Church
Prince of Peace Church will be hosting a Centering Prayer Workshop on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer that breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. The workshop is designed for those new to the prayer practice or for those who want to renew their understanding of the prayer. Sr. Mary McGehee, OSB, is the presenter.
Registration is $30 and the deadline is Jan. 22. Send check made out to COB (Contemplative Outreach Birmingham) to Louise Meredith, COB Coordinator; 3776 Bainbridge Trace Dr., Irondale 35210. Please include your contact information and selection of meat or vegetable sandwich.
Special diets, please bring your own brown bag, and your fee will be adjusted. If you have questions, please email email@example.com or call 205-529-7080.
Peace of Prince Catholic Church is located at 4600 Preserve Parkway Hoover 35226.
Night of entertainment set for Jan. 25
at St. Peter the Apostle Church
“Strings & Wine”will be a formal night of art and entertainment featuring a harp concert by Father Thomas Kelly, silent auction and reception of Italian wines and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are on sale at the parish office or online at www.cordeevini.com. Tickets are $40 each. This formal event will benefit the Life Teen pilgrimage to Italy in 2018. Tickets are limited, so get yours while they last! For more information, Katie Johnson at 205-822-4480 x 35 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. St Peter Apostle Catholic Church is located at 2061 Patton Chapel Rd, Birmingham, AL 35216.
Bishop Alberto Rojas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and Chair of NCADDHM (National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors of Hispanic Ministry) sent an invitation to Bishop Robert Baker to an orientation program for Vicars, directors and diocesan leaders that serves the Hispanic Community. Bishop Baker assigned the Vicar of Hispanic Ministry Fr. Mark Spruill, and Marthamaria Morales to participate. Thanks to the sponsorship of Loyola Press and CRS they traveled to The Savior Center in Kansas City KS.
The NCADDHM orientation program for new diocesan vicars / directors includes an introduction to:
*History of Hispanic Ministry in the U.S.
*National Catholic documents on Hispanic Ministry.
*Reality of Multiculturalism in the U.S.
*Role and responsibilities of a diocesan director.
*Best practices of Hispanic Director.
*Assistance in managements skills.
*Visioning and planning.